Race Ready With The Garmin Forerunner 255


Looking for a smartwatch with long battery life, health and fitness tracking features, smart notifications, contactless pay and perfect for all your race day needs? Look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 255.

The GPS system features multi-band reception that receives two satellite signals at once to produce the most accurate data. There are two different screen size options – 41mm and 46mm, and you can choose a version that plays music (holds up to 500 songs) and one that doesn’t.

Race Ready
For race day the Forerunner 255’s uncomplicated slim design and an always-on, full-colour display ensures you can easily make out what’s happening on your screen, even in direct sunlight. Starting a few days before race day, you can get insight into your condition from a report every morning, which summarises your sleep, recovery time, training status and heart rate variability status.


Triathlon Mode
In addition to the usual run training metrics, the watch comes preloaded with multisport workouts, like HIIT, strength, cardio, yoga and Pilates workouts, plus there are more available to download via Garmin’s app. A clever and useful tool is the ability of the watch, when in triathlon mode, to automatically adjust to the metrics relevant to your current activity, and displaying information about your transition times.

The Forerunner 255 includes Garmin Coach – a system which takes your goals, measures your ability and adapts your training. Choose from three credible coaches to guide you on your journey: Olympian and best-selling author Jeff Galloway, physiologist and online running Coach Greg McMillan or physical therapist and running expert Amy Parkerson-Mitchell.

Training tools
Offering personalised training and recovery insights, here are the performance management tools on the Forerunner 255:

  • Daily workout suggestions provide an entire week of day-to-day training guidance on what workout is most effective for overall wellness and will adapt based on race plans that are set up using the new race widget.
  • Train for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon using Garmin Coach, free training plans that adapt to each individual based on a runner’s goals and performance.
  • Switch up workouts with dozens of built-in sports apps, including triathlon, cycling, pool and open-water swimming, track run and more.
  • Using new indicators such as HRV status, recent exercise history and performance, athletes will gain greater insight into their overall training status – and whether they’re training productively, peaking or strained.
  • Be better prepare for a race or training cycle with performance metrics from Garmin Firstbeat Analytics like VO2 max, acute load, training status, training effect and more.
  • Stay on pace using PacePro, a tool that provides grade-adjusted guidance as athletes run a course.
  • Plan and download routes using the course creator in Garmin Connect, which uses Trendline popularity routing to provide the best local paths, or create courses on platforms like Strava and Komoot that will seamlessly sync to the watch.
  • When using a Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Pro (sold separately), track running dynamics such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and more.

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